Meet Dr. Thomas Kwiatt

Exceptional, Caring Dentistry

Along with Dr. Duffy and our team, I am committed to providing exceptional dentistry in a caring environment. We want to partner with our patients, and assist them to attain and maintain optimum oral health and wonderful smiles for their lifetime.

As a dentist, I love being able to alleviate a person’s dental pain and correct issues with their teeth. Seeing a patient pain-free and thrilled with their care experience is the greatest reward.

I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. I chose the profession because of the combination of art and science. Most of all, I enjoy the connections with people. I love to hear their stories, and treat each patient as if he or she were a part of my family. I am honored to, in some cases, be caring for the oral health of three generations of patients. I am as committed now as when I first started in the field to providing attentive, gentle, and personal care to each patient.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor degree – St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Loyola University Chicago College of Dentistry

Dentistry has changed so much since I graduated from dental school, and it continues to evolve at a rapid rate. Continuing education is the only way I am able to provide my patients the very best treatment available. I made a commitment to myself and my patients to offer the best care, and this means continually learning.

I’m a member of the Seattle Study Club, an international study group that meets monthly. I’m also a member of the Pankey-Pride Roundtable, which meets quarterly. I regularly attend conferences, seminars, and lectures to learn from the leaders in our field.

My wife Barbara and I teach practice and business management to dental residents at Loyola University. This is our way of giving back to the profession we love.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • L.D. Pankey Alumni Association
  • Pride Institute Alumni
  • Seattle Study Club

Personal Life

I’ve lived in Vernon Hills, where the practice is located, for more than 35 years. I like living in the same town as the practice, so I can easily take part in events and support local businesses and clubs.

My wife Barbara and I have been married for more than 40 years. She does a wonderful job as our practice manager. My oldest son Jim is a gastroenterologist in the Milwaukee area. He and his wife Katie have three sons. My son Michael is a colorectal surgeon. He and his wife Katie have two little girls and live in New Jersey. Anne, my daughter, lives in Chicago, and works at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

When I’m not working, I love spending time playing golf and traveling. For exercise, I enjoy swimming. I love to cook, especially trying new recipes and creating my own variations. I’ve recently developed an interest in digital photography and have taken several courses. Though I enjoy taking photos of nature, I really love photographing my family, especially our grandchildren.

Each year we support a community activity, such as the Alzheimer’s walk. This is close to me as I have had family members who suffered from dementia. I know firsthand how difficult the disease is for a family.

On a fun note, I plan to continue with efforts to save the Monarch butterfly through habitat restoration.

By the way, I love to hear and tell good jokes. If you have a great one, please share!

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